Quilters rally to complete labour of love

WHEN the Goonellabah Quilters lost one of their life-long members to breast cancer, they decided to honour their friend while also raising funds for the Cancer Council.

Chris Seccombe, in her 50s, had a passion and talent for quilting.

However, when she lost her cancer battle last year she was unable to finish three quilts.

It was left her fellow quilters to lovingly stitch together the final pieces. The club president, Carol Bonamy, said that it seemed only natural to use the quilts to raise money for the Cancer Council and breast cancer research.

“The money we raised from Chris's leftover fabrics was also given to the Cancer Council at the family's request.”

Mrs Bonamy said Chris would have been pleased to know she was making a contribution to the charity she loved.

“Chris had so much spirit and will to live, and was always helping out in anyway she could,” she said.

The 43 members of the Goonellabah Quilters hope to raise $1000 from raffling one of Ms Seccombe's quilts, with proceeds from the other two quilts going towards their quilt show in August.

As part of their fundraising initiative, the Goonellabah Quilters have also created a team for the Cancer Council's Relay for Life.

Mrs Bonamy is encouraging community members to join her in paying respects to Ms Seccombe.

“We have eight people in our team but we are hoping more will get involved,” she said.

Ms Seccombe spent the last few months of her life doing what she loved - quilting. She was also leading workshops for people who shared her passion.

Shortly before she died, one of her works was published.

The raffle will be drawn at the quilt show on August 21-23.

For raffle tickets phone Carol on 6624 2956.

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